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Alban Berg
Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Tief in der Nacht

Juliane Banse soprano
Aleksandar Madžar piano
 
Alban Berg:
Sieben frühe Lieder
(1905–1908)
Nacht
Schilflied
Die Nachtigall
Traumgekrönt
Im Zimmer
Liebesode
Sommertage

Jugendlieder (1904-08)
Die Näherin
Erster Verlust
Über den Bergen
Winter
Regen
Traurigkeit
Hoffnung
Die Flötenspielerin
Mignon

Zwei Lieder
Schließe mir die Augen beide (1907)
Schließe mir die Augen beide (1925)

Karl Amadeus Hartmann:
Lamento (1955)

Recorded March 2009

ECM New Series 2153
 
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Alban Berg’s early songs, written while he was still under Schönberg’s tutelage, chart the young composer’s metamorphosis from writer of late romantic love songs to master of the modern idiom, and it is especially instructive to compare the two accounts of the tiny song “Schließe mir die Augen beide” (1900 and 1925). K. A. Hartmann’s “Lamento” for soprano and piano was made in 1955 out of solo passages from a choral work of 1936/7, originally dedicated to Berg. As Paul Griffiths writes, “‘Lamento’ is a big piece, one that thoroughly engages the two formidable musicians who present it. Banse is the kind of singer Hartmann must have imagined, one who can maintain ease, power and warmth under difficult circumstances, whose singing conveys at once authority and vulnerability and whose musical experience runs from Bach to the present day. Aleksandar Madžar similarly brings out the depth of history and the immediacy of feeling written into this work.” Each of Julian Banse’s previous New Series releases has been highly praised by the international press. The German singer’s account of Kurtág’s “Kafka Fragmente” won the Edison Award, the Midem Classical Award and the Japanese Modern Music Prize, while both her recital disc with András Schiff (“Songs of Debussy and Mozart”) and her starring role in Heinz Holliger’s opera “Schneewittchen” both netted Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik Bestenliste placings.